- The definition of corpus is a dead body or a collection of writings of a specific type or on a specific topic.
- An example of corpus is a dead animal.
- An example of corpus is a group of ten sentence examples for the same word.
- a human or animal body, esp. a dead one: now mainly a facetious usage
- a complete or comprehensive collection, as of laws or writings of a specified type: the corpus of civil law
- the main body or substance of anything
- the principal, as distinguished from the interest or income, of an estate, investment, etc.
- Anat. the main part of an organ; also, a mass of tissue with a specialized function
Origin of corpusClassical Latin body ; from Indo-European base an unverified form krep-, an unverified form krp-, body, form from source (mid)riff, Old High German href, belly, womb, Sanskrit kp, form
- A large collection of writings of a specific kind or on a specific subject.
- A collection of writings or recorded remarks used for linguistic analysis.
- Economics a. The capital or principal amount, as of an estate or trust.b. The principal of a bond.
- Anatomy a. The main part of a bodily structure or organ.b. A distinct bodily mass or organ having a specific function.
- The overall length of a violin.
Origin of corpusMiddle English, from Latin; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots.
(plural corpora or corpuses)
- (linguistics) a collection of writings, often on a specific topic, of a specific genre, from a specific demographic, a single author etc.
From Latin corpus (“body”).
corpus - Legal Definition
- The main body, mass, or part of something.
- A collection of things that, when together, can be considered or regarded as a single thing (such as a collection of writing by an author).
- The capital or principal sum (as opposed to income or interest).
- The property or subject matter of a trust.